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Art Quilts, Antique Quilt Repair, Costumes, Lectures and Workshops
by Ann Wasserman
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I have been sewing most of my life, and have been self-employed as a seamstress since 1980. I restore and conserve antique quilts and vintage clothing, costume for theater and dance, and design and create fiber art.
My background in anthropology leads me to enjoy both the social history of quilts and quiltmaking as well as the creative process of expression in my own work. A major part of my quilt work is repairing and conserving antique quilts. I have recently published a book describing my 30 years of learning and experience in this field.
I have lectured on quilt history and design at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Textile Arts Centre, and the Field Museum in Chicago, and many quilt guilds and historical societies. I have taught through quilt shops and adult education programs.
I accept corporate and private commissions for my quilted fiber art. My quilts have been shown and published throughout the U.S. and in Japan, and have received awards the from the Barrington Area Arts Council in IL and the Sacred Threads show in Reynoldsburg, OH. Publications include "Patchwork Quilt Senka" in Japan and "Connecting Stitches: Quilts in Illinois Life".
A more recent interest is theater costuming. I was a company co-founder and head costumer of Thin Ice Ensemble Theater, a youth theater program. I have also worked with dance costuming at Dance Center Evanston and the Evanston Dance Ensemble.
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